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Rep. Richard Hanna’s 2015 Report Card

Representative from New York's 22nd District
Republican
Served Jan 3, 2013 – Jan 3, 2017


These special year-end statistics cover Hanna’s record during the 2015 legislative year (Jan 6, 2015-Dec 31, 2015) and compare him to other representatives serving at the end of that period. Last updated on Jan 9, 2016.

A higher or lower number below doesn’t necessarily make this legislator any better or worse, or more or less effective, than other Members of Congress. We present these statistics for you to understand the quantitative aspects of Hanna’s legislative career and make your own judgements based on what activities you think are important.

Keep in mind that there are many important aspects of being a legislator besides what can be measured, such as constituent services and performing oversight of the executive branch, which aren’t reflected here.

 

Got influential cosponsors the 4th most often compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 3 others)

4 of Hanna’s bills and resolutions in 2015 had a cosponsor who was a chair or ranking member of a committee that the bill was referred to. Getting support from committee leaders on relevant committees is a crucial step in moving legislation forward.

Those bills were: H.Res. 535: Condemning in the strongest terms ...; H.R. 838: Security in Bonding Act of ...; H.R. 1444: Commonsense Contracting Act of 2015; H.R. 2411: Strong Start for America’s Children ...

Compare to all New York Delegation (78th percentile); Competitive House Seats (87th percentile); House Republicans (75th percentile); All Representatives (76th percentile).


 

Introduced the 7th fewest bills compared to New York Delegation (tied with 1 other)

Hanna introduced 9 bills and resolutions in 2015. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (22nd percentile); Competitive House Seats (45th percentile); House Republicans (44th percentile); All Representatives (40th percentile).


 

Was 9th most absent in votes compared to Competitive House Seats (tied with 2 others)

Hanna missed 3.0% of votes (21 of 704 votes) in 2015. View Hanna’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (67th percentile); Competitive House Seats (80th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

The Speaker of the House is not included in this statistic because according to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings, and the delegates from the five island territories and the District of Columbia are also not included because they were not elligible to vote in any roll call votes.


 

Joined bipartisan bills the 11th most often compared to House Republicans

In this era of partisanship, it is encouraging to see Members of Congress working across the aisle. Of the 253 bills that Hanna cosponsored, 26% were introduced by a legislator who was not a Republican. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (48th percentile); Competitive House Seats (64th percentile); House Republicans (96th percentile); All Representatives (69th percentile).

Only Democratic and Republican Members of Congress who cosponsored more than 10 bills and resolutions are included in this statistic.


 

Cosponsored the 13th most bills compared to House Republicans

Hanna cosponsored 253 bills and resolutions introduced by other Members of Congress. Cosponsorship shows a willingness to work with others to advance policy goals. View Cosponsored Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (70th percentile); Competitive House Seats (85th percentile); House Republicans (95th percentile); All Representatives (80th percentile).


 

Bills Out of Committee

Most bills and resolutions languish in committee without any action. Hanna introduced 0 bills in 2015 that got past committee and to the floor for consideration.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Committee Positions

Hanna held a leadership position on 0 committees and 1 subcommittee, as either a chair (majority party) or ranking member (minority party), at the end of the session. View Hanna’s Profile »

Compare to all New York Delegation (37th percentile); Competitive House Seats (53rd percentile); House Republicans (38th percentile); All Representatives (38th percentile).


 

Working with the Senate

The House and Senate often work on the same issue simultaneously by introducing companion bills in each chamber. 0 of Hanna’s bills and resolutions had a companion bill in the Senate. Working with a sponsor in the other chamber makes a bill more likely to be passed by both the House and Senate.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

Companion bills are those that are identified as “identical” by Congress’s Congressional Research Service.


 

Laws Enacted

Hanna introduced 0 bills that became law in 2015. Keep in mind that it takes a law to repeal a law. Very few bills ever become law.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).

A bill or joint resolution is considered enacted if it or an exactly identical bill to it is enacted as law. We only consider bills that the legislator was the primary sponsor of. While a legislator may lay claim to authoring other bills that became law, such as through incorporation into larger bills, these cases are difficult for us to track quantitatively.


 

Government Transparency

GovTrack looked at whether Hanna supported any of 28 government transparency, accountability, and effectiveness bills in the House that we identified in this session. We gave Hanna 0 points, based on one point for cosponsoring and three points for sponsoring any of these bills.

Compare to all New York Delegation (0th percentile); Competitive House Seats (0th percentile); House Republicans (0th percentile); All Representatives (0th percentile).


 

Cosponsors

Hanna’s bills and resolutions had 99 cosponsors in 2015. Securing cosponsors is an important part of getting support for a bill, although having more cosponsors does not always mean a bill will get a vote. View Bills »

Compare to all New York Delegation (41st percentile); Competitive House Seats (47th percentile); House Republicans (41st percentile); All Representatives (41st percentile).


Additional Notes

The Speaker’s Votes: Missed votes are not computed for the Speaker of the House. According to current House rules, the Speaker of the House is not required to vote in “ordinary legislative proceedings.” In practice this means the Speaker of the House rarely votes but is not considered absent.

Leadership/Ideology: The leadership and ideology scores are not displayed for Members of Congress who introduced fewer than 10 bills, or, for ideology, for Members of Congress that have a low leadership score, as there is usually not enough data in these cases to compute reliable leadership and ideology statistics.

Missing Bills: We exclude bills from some statistics where the sponsor’s original intent is not in the final bill because the bill’s text was replaced in whole with unrelated provisions (i.e. it became a vehicle for passage of unrelated provisions).

Ranking Members (RkMembs): The chair of a committee is always selected from the political party that holds the most seats in the chamber, called the “majority party”. The “ranking member” (sometimes “RkMembs”) is the title given to the senior-most member of the committee not in the majority party.

Freshmen/Sophomores: Freshmen and sophomores are Members of Congress whose first term (in the same chamber at the end of 2015) was the 114th Congress (freshmen) or 113th (sophomores). Members of Congress who took office within the last few months of a Congress are considered freshmen in the next Congress as well.